The Diplomat, poetry written by Paula Puolakka at Spillwords.com

The Diplomat

The Diplomat

written by: Paula Puolakka

 

They are calling him by his first name,
and I’m saying: “It’s inappropriate.”
They should use Mr. and his last name because they don’t know him,
not really.

They are calling me by my first name,
and I’m saying: “It’s inappropriate.”
They’re trying to gain something by acting like they’re my friends
when they’re not.

I’m asking the journalists to separate fiction from facts
– the negative from the positive –
and treat others with dignity, but – instead – they decide to delete
the “Mr.” from the publication so that I – the Diplomat – would look like a brute.

Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka (born August 18, 1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) In 2019, The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation gave her an honorable mention, honoring the academic legacy of Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein and Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Puolakka landed first and second in various writing contests and challenges. She was also given honorable mentions. In Dec 2020, the PhDs of Tampere University gave her appreciation: her academic article - celebrating her Master's thesis of 2012 and the academic legacy of Mr. Kaczynski and Mr. Wittgenstein - was published by the science & university magazine Hybris. In April 2021, Puolakka won the second prize in the "Lahti, the European Green Capital 2021" writing competition. Her story celebrated "Teddy." On April 15 and May 20, she was the guest editor of The Ekphrastic Review's "Throwback Thursday." On June 3, her interview was published by Penable. In late 2021 and 2022, Puolakka is the remote representative of the City of Oulu.
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